I dedicated the better part of last month to an online shopping guide. I hope you mastered or perfected the art because now is the time to put the skill to use. We all crave one technology or another but if last year’s sales figure are anything to go by it seems tablets are here to stay and perhaps takeover from the PC as our primary computing device. This is still to happen here in Zimbabwe though because most of the top brand tablets from companies like Samsung and Apple are a tad pricey.
For those of us who are price sensitive and living on a tight budget the “No Name” brands might be the right solution. As has been noted countless times however, most Zimbabwean businesses simply cannot part with their habit of wanting a 100% profit on anything so now might be a good time to exercise your online shopping skills and get your tablet for under $150* as i shall illustrate in today’s guide. The guide is not hypothetical. It was written using actual figures.
Choosing the store
Everbuying.com is a Chinese wholesaler shopfront outlet, it operates in a similar fashion to Amazon.com and have quite the reputation of being reliable. My friends and I have used them on a number of occasions and their record with me has been perfect. They ship directly to Zimbabwe for a discounted figure of $28 per package. They also have a wide range of ‘No name’ brands of tablets and Android phones with their prices starting from $50.
Choosing the tablet
Visit the site and choose a tablet of your choice. In making this choice keep the price in mind and read the specification page of each tablet carefully. Take note of things such as CPU power, RAM, Screen size, Battery life, Call support, Camera etc. You should read reviews which are at the bottom of each page as well. I would recommend this tablet: it has a budget price has decent specifications and a battery life you can live with (5 hours video playing time.)
You can either choose free shipping but it would take 7-25 days for the tablet to reach Zimbabwe via Hong Kong Post which will of course mean having to deal with Zimpost. One reader has said this is no longer as bad as it sounds. I recommend using the expedited shipping option, which will add $28 to your total cost.
Everbuying.com accepts Zimbabwean Visa/MasterCard debit cards including the FBC Mastercard without a problem.
Depending on the price of the tablet you bought the amount payable to ZIMRA varies but the calculation is roughly as follows:
Cost Price on Invoice x 1.15 = Landing Price.
VAT Payable= Landing Price x 15%
For the recommended tablet the amount of VAT payable will be as follows:
$64.11 x 1.15 = $73.72
Amount to ZIMRA = $73.72 x 15% = $11
The Total Cost would be
Cost of Tablet = $64.11
Shipping Cost = $28.00
ZIMRA Payment = $11.00
Total Cost $103.00
* Handling Cost (DHL) $50
Grand Total Cost $ 153.00
The waiting time from making the purchase until your tablet lands into your hands when you use expedited shipping is about 12-14 days. It took us 10 but then we have always been lucky.
* The price might be more or less depending on your shipping and tablet options.
You can also take advantage of the fixed shipping and handling costs by buying some of the accessories you might need for your tablet.